Road Scholar Programs

Adventures in Lifelong Learning

IBT has been a program provider for Elderhostel/Road Scholar since 1988, a natural fit that results in bike tours, barge tours, and bike & barge tours. The not-for-profit organization Elderhostel Inc., through its Road Scholar programs, inspires adults to learn, discover, and travel. IBT assists in reaching these goals in administering and developing the content of the international educational programs below, which include lectures, field trips and extracurricular activities in the visited country. Barges are classic river barges with pleasant amenities and either ten or twelve twin-bedded cabins each with private bath.

Adventures Afloat: Belgium: Art & Architecture Along the Waterways / Program #20370
Belgium / 8 nights
July 28 – August 5, 2017 | September 15 – 23, 2017
Wind your way through the scenic canals and rivers of Flanders by barge and learn from experts about the artistic and architectural masterpieces of Belgium along the way.

Adventures Afloat: The Old Masters: Art Treasures of Holland by River / Program #19504
The Netherlands / 9 nights
April 6 – 15, 2017 | May 4 – 13, 2017 | June 8 – 17, 2017 | August 31 – September 9, 2017 | October 5 – 14, 2017
Discover the cultural heights of Holland’s Low Lands as you join experts to learn about artistic masterworks, renowned museums, historic architecture and an iconic earthenware factory.

Adventures Afloat: Mosel River Valley: Vineyards, Castles & Culture by Barge / Program #11951
Germany & Luxembourg / 9 nights
September 1 – 10, 2017 | September 29 – October 8, 2017

By private barge, voyage the Saar and Mosel rivers for an in-depth perspective on the timeless villages, medieval castles, ancient vineyards and Old World traditions of Western Germany.

Barge and Bicycle: Holland and Belgium / Program #10530
The Netherlands & Belgium / 15 nights
April 21 – May 6, 2017 | September 1 – 16, 2017
From your home base on a classic river barge, learn the stories of Holland and Belgium as you bicycle past fields, windmills, historic towns and discover local culture and art.

Welkom to Holland! An Intergenerational Bike & Barge Adventure / Program #22665
The Netherlands / 8 nights
July 14 – 22, 2017
Sweet Dutch pancakes. Wooden shoes and windmills. A seal rehabilitation center. Explore magical North Holland by bike and barge as you soak up friendly locals’ welkom at every turn.

Bicycling Through the Tulip Fields of the Netherlands / Program #22618
The Netherlands / 8 nights
April 15 – 23, 2017

Bicycle along Holland’s famed tulip fields as you learn the history of the country’s windmills, delve into the flower industry and enjoy the world-famous Bloemencorso flower parade.

A Taste of Dutch Life: Leisurely Biking in the Netherlands / Program #22322
The Netherlands / 9 nights
September 16 – 25, 2017

Experience the Netherlands the way the locals do — on bicycle! Enjoy leisurely rides as you discover the provinces of Friesland, Gelderland and North Holland with a local expert.

From the Alps to Verona: A Cycling Odyssey Through Northern Italy / Program #20865
Italy / 11 nights
May 6 – 17, 2017 | June 24 – July 6, 2017 | August 26 – September 6, 2017 | September 23 – October 4, 2017
Unravel the enchanting story of Northern Italy as you cycle from the Alps to Verona, learning about Roman monuments, traditional vineyards, ancient villages and authentic cuisine.

Vélo & Vin: Exploring Bordeaux and Médoc Wine Regions by Bicycle / Program #3239
France / 9 nights
September 9 – 18, 2017
La Gironde was once so swampy its inhabitants used stilts to navigate the wet terrain. Come bicycle this ancient land and learn its unique story from local experts.

Cycling Provence: Roman Ruins and the French Countryside / Program #3675
France / 11 nights
September 30 – October 11, 2017
Via bicycle, pedal through the quaint villages and breathtaking countryside of Provence with a local expert and learn about the region’s art, people and Roman history.

Biking in France and Germany Along the Rhine and Neckar Rivers / Program #22580
France & Germany / 11 nights
August 26 – September 6, 2017
Follow the path of the Rhine by bicycle to hilltop castles and through swaths of Riesling-growing vineyards as you experience the cultural blend at the border of France and Germany.

Bicycling the Elbe River Valley / Program #12145
Germany & Czech Republic / 13 nights
August 12 – 25, 2017 | September 9 – 22, 2017
While cycling the Elbe River you can’t help but discover history and culture along the way — from ancient castles to local museums, from national parks to Prague’s iconic Old Town.

Bicycling Along the Danube / Program #3044
Germany & Austria / 13 nights
June 15 – 28, 2017 | September 7 – 20, 2017 | September 21 – October 4, 2017
Explore the Danube on comfortable bike paths as you enjoy expert-led lectures on shipping history, folklore and culture. Plus, visit the famous 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey of Melk!

Austria to Slovenia: Cycling Along the Mur River / Program #22581
Austria & Slovenia / 13 nights
June 10 – 23, 2017 | September 2 – 15, 2017
Let the Mur River be your muse as you bicycle from Austria to Slovenia, meandering past castles and farming villages and learning about the region’s distinctive history.

Cycling the Cotswolds: The Essence of England / Program #3670
United Kingdom / 11 nights
June 17 – 28, 2017 | August 12 – 23, 2017
Cycle and learn about the Cotswolds, renowned for its beauty, history and artistic legacy, and see the traditional limestone villages from which the region derives its name.

Bicycling Door County / Program #21239
United States / 5 nights
September 13 – 18, 2017
Find out why Door County is one of the nation’s best kept secrets as you join local experts on an idyllic bicycling adventure, discovering orchards, wineries and traditional cuisine.